May 012013
2008 Ceja Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, $50 (S) – Rating 91

Very approachable with just a short decant. The nose entices with notes of dark cherry, plum, blueberry and dark spice with hints of leather. A full mouth-feel with balanced tannins offering flavors of cherry, blackberry and dark spice with espresso in the long finish. Good acidity for pairing with a grilled steak. Buy This Wine

Mar 202013
2009 Ceja Vineyards Pinot Noir, Carneros, CA, $50 (S) – Rating 90

A rich and deep Pinot that needs some time to open to its full splendor. The jammy nose is full of blueberry, raspberry jam and spice with just a nuance of smoke. Medium to full-bodied with good acidity and soft tannins offering flavors of cherry, blueberry, raspberry, ripe plum and dark spice.  It’s a baby…This will will only improve over the next few years. Buy This Wine

Feb 172013
2009 Ceja Vineyards Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Carneros, CA, $34 (S) – Rating 91

A crisp style of Chardonnay with an appealing nose of pineapple cream, Meyer lemon and canned pears. Sur lie aging creates a round soft mouth-feel without the flabbiness found in some CA Chards. Well balanced acidity with flavors of green apple, Meyer lemon, ripe pineapple with other tropical notes makes this wine a great food pairing partner. Buy This Wine

Jan 312013
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Jan 022013
2009 Ceja Vineyards Vino de Casa, Red Wine, Napa Valley, CA, $20 (S) – Rating 89

A real “Go-To” red blend with enough acidity to compliment most any meal or just enjoy while cooking with friends. A fun nose of blueberry, plum and dark berry fruit. Fruit forward flavors of blueberry, blackberry and raspberry with notes of spice and smoke are balanced with soft tannins and mouth-watering acidity on the long finish. Paired perfectly with Mexican chorizo stuffed mushrooms! Buy This Wine